Ask David Boeglin to share some special memories of his years at Indiana State, and he has some great ones. Start with those exciting Sycamore basketball games when legendary Larry Bird and teammates dominated the floor.
“Numerous times I was able to scramble to the front row of the student section after spending the afternoon at the Ballyhoo with several friends and/or fraternity brothers to witness Larry Bird and his tremendous teammates put on a show,” David said.
“Back then we would line up outside HCUC and, when they opened the doors, it was every man for himself trying to get down to courtside. My girlfriend at that time thought I was trying to get down close to see her.”
Not only were the games thrilling, but also getting close to his college cheerleader girlfriend Joyce must have worked. Sweethearts since middle school, the two married and went on to have three daughters including star athlete Melanie Boeglin — who played on the Sycamores women’s basketball team and was inducted into the Indiana State University Athletic Hall of Fame.
“Those were really fun times,” said Joyce Boeglin. “ISU is a great place to go to school.”
Growing up in the small Hoosier town of Stendal, Joyce was quite familiar with Indiana State since her father, Robert Luker, earned his master’s degree in education as a guidance counselor.
“We would drive as a family from our little town of Stendal to Terre Haute every Sunday and return on Friday evening during that summer,” she said.
Joyce’s oldest sister, Gail Luker Garner, also attended Indiana State, as did Gail’s husband John and their daughter Jennifer. One of her earliest childhood ambitions, Joyce recalled, was to grow up to be a State cheerleader. So, when it came time to attend college, it wasn’t surprising that Joyce picked the Terre Haute campus where she was a Sycamores cheerleader from 1976 to 1978. She did have another reason, Joyce joked — “I followed Dave to ISU.”
Born in Huntingburg, David always knew he wanted to work in something business-related. “In the banking, insurance or real estate industry,” he said. “I attended ISU primarily because ISU’s reputation of having a good business school, in addition to the fact I liked the size of the campus and student-to-faculty ratio.”
A member of Chi Omega sorority, Joyce went to State from 1976 to 1980 for a bachelor’s degree in nursing and from 1986 through 1989 for a master’s in adult health and nursing administration. “I obtained my post master’s education for family nurse practitioner in 1995,” she said. “My entire career has been nursing in some way. I have been a family nurse practitioner for 21 years.”
Currently working with Union Medical group at the Northside Family Practice office, Joyce said she keeps in touch with some of her sorority sisters and values the mentorship of former instructors. “Professors Jan Harmening, Carolyn Fakouri and Nancy McKee,” Joyce said. “But there were many great ones that helped shape my career.”
A member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, David attended State from 1975 to 1979 for a bachelor’s degree in business administration. And it was at State that David got a big boost in his career as a real estate broker affiliated with Remax Real Estate Associates in Terre Haute.
“I started my real estate career my senior year in the fall of 1978 as a result of a recommendation by one of my business professors, Byron Brown, who connected me with a local real estate agency, Pfister Better Homes & Gardens,” he said.
Not only did the Boeglins get an excellent education necessary for their successful careers from State, but they also decided Terre Haute would make a wonderful hometown.
“Dave and I have lived and worked in Terre Haute since we graduated,” Joyce said. “We love the community.”
Over the years, the Boeglin family has grown to include three daughters and then their husbands and children. “We have daughter Brooke Meneely and her husband Jack Dale; Melanie White and her husband Donnie; and Mary Beth Gillespie and her husband Barnes,” Joyce said. “We also have seven grandchildren: Jackson, Ellison, Catherine, Spencer, Sabreena, Keyahna and Tia.”
The Boeglins remain active in State alumni and sports activities and are season ticket holders for men’s and women’s basketball, football and baseball games, plus Big Blue Boosters.
As their grandchildren grow up, the Boeglins say they would be proud to have the next family generation continue the State tradition. “Our university is blessed with tremendous leadership in Dr. (Dan) Bradley and his administration who have helped transform our campus into a beautiful campus and have a vision for the long-term health and growth of our university in addition to working with the city of Terre Haute,” David said.
“I encourage every ISU alumni or anyone in our area to get involved on campus, from our Division 1 athletics, Speaker’s Series, plays and performances or just take a stroll through campus to see the changes.”